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Tethered flights in Romania

Hot-air balloon flights on ropes were organized in 4 towns in Romania: on 6 September 2017 in Drobeta Turnu Severin, Mehedinti County, on 8  September 2017 in Craiova, Dolj County, on 09 September  2017 Calafat, Dolj County and on 10 September  2017, Bailesti, Dolj County. During these tourist attractions more than 450 citizens attend the events and enjoy the tethered flights.

People were enthusiastic about the opportunity to get on a balloon. All attendees were informed of the project and the INTERREG V-A program.

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Workshops with stakeholders in Romania

ARIES Oltenia organized 2 workshops with stakeholders aimed at discussion on tourism offers based on the newly created tourism product, which took place in Drobeta Turnu Severin, Mehedinti County and Craiova, Dolj County in the period 5-8 September 2017.

The workshops in Craiova and Drobeta Turnu Severin were attended by local stakeholders including representatives of municipalities and representatives of tourism branch, as well as organizers of event. During the workshops the attendees were acquainted with project goals and marketing strategy for promotion of the new tourism product.

The citizens have the chance to witness tethered flights and to enjoy the experience by getting on the balloon. Also they were informed on the project and INTERREG V-A program.


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The Romanian Tourism Fair, 16-19 November 2017, Bucharest

The Romanian Tourism Fair – autumn edition – is the biggest event in Romania dedicated to the tourism industry.

The autumn edition of The Romanian Tourism Fair took place between 16th -19th  of November 2017, in 3 halls, from C1 to C3 within Romexpo Exhibition Centre.

The Romanian Tourism Fair is the ideal place for presenting the most interesting touristic offers and attractions, both from Romania and abroad. As planned within the project “Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product” ROBG-14 the project team attended the Tourism fair in Buchurest, Romania and presented the project through pop-up expo wall, brochures, leaflets, movie and direct contacts with visitors, who were interested in this tourism attraction.

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FESTIVAL OF HOT-AIR BALLOONS – „BALLOON ADVENTURE „, 13- 17 September 2017, Erden Airport, Montana

In the period  13- 17 September 2017 at the Erden Airport in Montana area took place the FESTIVAL OF HOT-AIR BALLOONS  – „BALLOON ADVENTURE “

The five-day event attracted 50 participants, experienced in the field of balloon flying – ground crews, pilots from Bulgaria and Romania and members of the project team. BALON FIESTA „BALLOON ADVENTURE “ was visited by more than 200 people and promoted the new tourist product in the cross-border region. Observing the region’s nature from the air, flying with a balloon is a dream that can be realized for everyone.

Every day of the event were made morning, evening and tethered flights. For participants was provided accommodation, catering and meeting room in hotel Zhitomir, town of Montana. The fuel for the hot-air balloons was also provided under the project.


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Tethered flights of hot-air balloon in the towns of Kozloduy, Belogradchik, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Oryahovo, Vidin and Lom

8 tethered flights of LZ-APP hot air balloon were carried out in 8 towns of the cross-border area, which were attended by more than 1 400 citizens. After Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo, citizens of Kozloduy, Belogradchik, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Oryahovo, Vidin and Lom enjoyed the attraction. The promotional tour of the balloon within project „Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product“ achieves its goal of popularizing the new tourist product among the population in the CBC area. Due to the good organization of the project team and especially the pilot and ground crew, the events made many people happy.



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HOT-AIR BALLOON ADVENTURE FIESTA, 13-17 September, 2017, Erden airport, Montana

We‘d like to kindly invite you to the first HOT-AIR BALLOON ADVENTURE FIESTA, which will be held at Erden airport, near Montana, Bulgaria in the period 13-17 September 2017 within project “Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product” Project Code financed by the Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria Programme.

The aim of the event:

  • To educate the general public about hot air ballooning and promote it in the cross-border area of Romania and Bulgaria
  • To create a new joint integrated touristic product in the cross-border area of Romania and Bulgaria – balloon adventure
  • To promote the tourist region of the cross-border area of Romania and Bulgaria

Erden airport is situated 15km Northeast from the town of Montana – a place where the Bulgarian leader in parachute jumping, AVA Flying Center has been developing sky diving for the last 12 years.

We will be happy to provide you and your crew (up to 4 members) the facilities for your participation as follows :

  • Accommodation for 5 nights, 13-17 September, at Erden airport in double or triple rooms or in hotel Zhitomir, Montana:;
  • Two meals/day and a Farewell dinner
  • Necessary gas for the balloon
  • Maps of the area

Each balloon has to fly a minimum of six persons selected by organizers or occasionally do tethered flights (weather permitting).

The application is final when we received the required documents (entry form and copies of papers as we required) by 1st of September2017.

Each participating team must be present at registration to sign the participation documents and show the original papers required.

Thank you very much and hope to see you soon!

 Evtim Stefanov




Upcoming tethered flights in 8 towns

upcoming are tethered flights in 8 towns as follows:

August 12, 2017 – Kozloduy

August 13, 2017 – Lom

August 14, 2017 – Vidin

August 15, 2017 – Belogradchik

August 16, 2017 – Montana

August 17, 2017 – Vratsa

August 18, 2017 – Pleven

August 19, 2017 – Oryahovo

Registration for rising on the balloon will be done on the spot.

We remind you the fact that the rise of the balloon depends on climatic conditions and wind speed in particular, which is why we reserve the right to postpone the raising of the balloon in inappropriate conditions and to be carried out on another day.

All citizens can climb into the balloon for free and become part of a memorable event under the „Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product“ project.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Tethering, 20 July, 2017 – Veliko Tarnovo

On July 20, 2017, in Veliko Tarnovo, was made tethering with a hot-air balloon LZ-APP, which gathered over 200 citizens. Adults with children’s dreams to fly, many curious young citizens of Veliko Tarnovo, as well as people who could not see but could experience this adventure, were eager to enjoy the flying, even only ten meters high. We believe that with its enormous attraction among the people, the hot-air balloon will promote the new tourist product to be offered throughout the cross-border region Romania-Bulgaria.


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First tethering on 18 July, 2017 in Ruse

On July 18, 2017, the first tethering with hot-air balloon LZ-APP took place in Ruse. On the square in front of the Courthouse, citizens had the opportunity to climb the balloon, which rose many times up to 10 meters above the beautiful Danube town.

The performance of this activity under Project “Balloon Adventure – a new joint tourism product” brought us satisfaction from a well-done job because we saw the smiles and pleasures of the people who attended this attraction. Many of them were interested in the purpose of this event and details of upcoming events on the project. The goal of popularizing the idea of a new tourist product was achieved, as well as through the representatives of various local and regional media from the Ruse region, who announced the event.

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Third workshop with local stakeholders, 17-18 July, 2017, Ruse

On July 17 and 18, 2017, third seminar was held in Ruse to present the project „Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product“. The participants – representatives of Ruse Municipality, Municipal foundation Ruse – free spirit city, Tourist Information Center and other tourism-related organizations were presented the project activities and executing three organizations – ARDBC Vidin, ARDBC 2000 – Montana and ARIES – Oltenia. The Executive Director of ARRBD-Vidin presented in details the idea of the project, namely the development of a new tourist product in which the flying with hot-air balloon to be offered along with the sightseeing of natural and cultural-historical landmarks.

The seminar was attended by the pilot Mihai Ilie, as well as the ground crew, who, within the framework of the project, carried out the free flights and tethering in the areas of the cross-border region.

On the second day of the seminar, the participants had the opportunity to observe the attachment of a hot air balloon LZ-APP, which drew the attention of more than 100 citizens of Ruse.

A final seminar with stakeholders in the town of Pleven is to be held, as well as tethering in 8 other towns. You will receive information on the date and place at and the project website.

With all the activities under the project aim to present the natural and cultural-historical monuments in the cross-border area Romania-Bulgaria in attractive way and show competitiveness of the region in offering tourist attractions.


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